han and leia halloween costumes.

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Halloween has come and gone, but i have a few posts to share about our costumes and some of the treats we made!

My son was going to be a character from star wars rebels this year – sadly we purchased his costume, but his mom and dad were able to throw together a han and leia costume thanks to the thrift store and amazon.com!

For leia – i found a white turtleneck, white pants, brown boots, and a brown belt at the thrift store! These were all suprisingly not very hard to come by. Within two trips I had everything I needed. I had a harder time finding a white puffy vest, but my friend came to the rescue with that one! I put my hair in crown braids, and VOILA! instant Hoth Princess leia.

For Han Solo- my husband wore some navy blue dickies that he already had. We had plans to sew some ribbon along the side, but never got around to it.  Would add some more authenticity if you had the time…He found this shirt on amazon, and got a vest similar to this, also on amazon. He went all out and got a holster as well.

bonus shot: while at the zoo, earlier in october, we found some of our people!

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geometric valentine poster.

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Milo and I didn’t make his valentines this year because he found some star wars ones he HAD to have for his classmates – but we worked on this valentine poster for the house, since he LOVES having decorations. (we are seriously slacking on the valentines decor this year as well…i blame the cold weather).

This was a fun little project that we originally found here.

We used some rogue paint chips I had laying around, and that seemed to work perfectly, and was a great way to upcycle!
Milo had fun figuring out the pattern – it was almost like a big heart puzzle.

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You will need:
Cardstock, colored paper, or paint chips
exacto knife or rotary cutter
cutting mat
Gluestick
Large sheet of white paper

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Measure the colored paper and cut into squares. Ours were 5 inch squares, because we were working with the paint chips but you can do any size really!

Cut the squares in half, into two triangles.

Layout the heart design on the large sheet of white paper. Using a glue stick, glue each triangle onto the white paper.

Previous valentines here, here and here!

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pajama pants.

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We had a blizzard on sunday, which got me in the mood to do some sewing. A few years ago, I picked up these star wars sheets at the thrift store for milos big boy bed, only they are too small. I almost threw them out recently, but decided to keep them, just in case the crafting bug were to hit. I’ve made pants a few times now, out of old sheets, and its pretty easy to do and can be whipped up in no time. This time around, I had a helper. Milo did alot of the pinning, and helped me figure out the seams. He helped me prepare a bobbin, and I even let him do some sewing towards the end of the project. Good teamwork!
He loves his new pants!!

I have a pattern I use from a book, which looks like its out of print, but its very similar to this tutorial here.
I use my pattern, but then use a pair of existing pajama pants to adjust to make the size work to be a little bigger, since I have a growing boy!

upcycled quilt pillowcase.

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Earlier this summer, while cleaning out our grandfather’s house – we found these quilts that our great grandmother had made. Quite a few of them actually. Alot of them were tattered and stained, but I couldn’t stand just throwing away something so old and something that so much hard work went into. So I took them and told the family that I would turn them into pillowcases, with the good parts, so that we can all have a piece of her quilts.

I created a simple pillow case with a zipper at the bottom. I plan to mail these to family across the country, so this will make it easy to throw in an envelope and they can stuff a pillow into them when they get them.

I was able to make four pillows from one quilt. I still have three more quilts to go!

lego crayons.

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Milo’s birthday was earlier this month – and we made some lego crayons to go into the lego goodie bags i created for the kiddos. As you can probably guess, Milo is REALLY into legos.

This is a super easy project that uses up all those cracked, broken, old crayons you might have laying around. They are fun to make solid colored, or use hues of the same color and make a multi colored crayon.

heres what you need

Silicone Mold (I bought mine these on amazon!)
exacto knife
crayons

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.
Use an exacto knife and slice the wrapper off your crayons.  Break the crayons into small pieces. Fill the silicone molds as much as possible, Place mold on a cookie sheet to avoid spilling when you take them out, then bake for 15-20 minutes. Take these out of the oven very carefully, as they will be all liquid at this point. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes until starting to set, then put into the freezer for about 10 minutes. Once completely cooled, remove from the tray.
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bottlecap magnet.

magnetMilo loves easter, and who isn’t ready for spring… so we kicked off this spring season with a simple little craft using bottle caps and some construction paper.

I did the measuring, he did the gluing and cutting. It was great team work. when it was all done, we hot glued a magnet to the back and viola! Bring on the bunnies and the sunshine!

paint chip halloween decorations.

IMG_1484We’ve had a crazy month, but we’re doing all we can to make time for Halloween! This project is perfect, since it coincides with some home rennovation projects. Those projects have led us to multiple trips to home depot, menards, etc. So access to paint chips a plenty!

This was a great project for milo and I to work on together. I cut out all the pieces and he was able to glue them on, transforming paint chips into halloween decorations!

wookie birdhouse.

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After a little hiatus from crafting – We finally had time to make a project! Milo and I made a chewbacca birdhouse. Save that almond milk container and make one yourself!

You will need:
Popsicle sticks
Empty Juice or Milk container (we used an almond milk container)
Brown, White and Black Paint
Foam Paintbrush (for painting all over) and small paintbrush (for details)
Hot Glue Gun
Googly Eyes
Xacto Knife

1. Clean out your juice container and cut out a large opening in front.  Paint the inside of your birdhouse and the cap (nose) black.
2. I found my popsicle sticks were too long, so I had to snap the ends of just about all of them to get them to fit. In the smaller areas you will need to snap them in half or so.
3. Glue them to the carton using hot glue. Be careful if you have little hands helping! Milo doesnt go near the glue gun because hes scared of getting burned (as he should be!)
4. Paint your birdhouse brown. THIS was a great step for little hands.
5. When its all dry, paint the black and white details.
6. Affix the eyes with hot glue, screw the cap on, and you are good to go!

chalkboard.

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I have been wanting to upcycle something into a chalkboard forever. We have some space going downstairs that is the perfect place to put one. I set the bar high, and had some ideas to make one out of wood, possibly with a shelf….I’m kind of limited when it comes to tools, but I was going to see what I could do.

I went to ask milo’s papa if he happened to have some wood the size I needed, and instead he found me this “no parking” sign, that fit the space perfectly. I brought it home and gave it three coats of chalkboard paint and it works just great! No tools needed, and I was able to turn some trash into a pefectly good chalkboard. May not be as complex of a project as I had inteneded it to be, but it works in the space perfectly!

 

superhero silhouette.

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I made a silhouette once before; and I still had one more frame to use from when I scored these two for 10 cents at a garage sale this summer. I saw something like this on pinterest, and knew I had to make one for milos room. I found the batman art here; spraypainted the frame black (it was a gross brown color before); then used mod podge to affix the batman to the map paper. I used a heavier cardstock for the black batman because regular paper wilts and wrinkles when you use the mod podge on top of it. I originally thought of using a page from a comic book, but when I put the art on it, it didn’t stand out enough. You definitely want something that will make the black stand out.

I love this! I think its whimsical and fun, and it works perfectly in milo’s room.